Heading into last night's game Ryan Braun was hitting .263/.322/.500 with four homeruns and three steals. Not exactly MVP numbers, but if your entire team is hitting like that you are probably leading the league in offense. He's been good, but he hasn't been great which is to say he hasn't been Ryan Braun. Much like the Brewers record he has been merely okay. Last night he changed that. Last night Ryan Braun did for the Brewers what the Aliens did for Woody and the gang at the end of Toy Story 3, he picked them up and he carried them away from the incinerator.
It was one of "those games" that only a special player like Ryan Braun can have. He hits the first one and you're glad, but you're not surprised. Ryan Braun was the MVP last season, he hits homeruns. Then he hits the second one and you're like "jesus maybe he is on steroids" "I have never seen a ball hit that far in my entire life, that was amazing." The next time he steps up to bat you are excited. You WANT something to happen, but you don't expect it. You think he's done enough, but you want him to do it again. Wouldn't that be cool? You know he can and all you can think of is how awesome it would be if he did. AND THEN HE DOES and it's more awesome than you think. Ryan Braun is trending worldwide. You celebrate. You pump your fist. You shotgun a beer. You wave your hands in the air like you just don't care. Continue reading »
I woke up this morning and I came to a shocking realization.
I realized that:
There was 2-4 inches of snow on the ground
Livan Hernandez shut down the Brewers offense
The Brewers just got swept by the Nationals
What kind of Bizarro World did I just wake up in? What's with all this snow? Where is the global warming when I need it? And really, who loses both ends of a doubleheader? Besides the Brewers like 400 times already. Who's even managing this team, Ned Macha? Seriously, what is going on here?
That being said besides the snow I don't see any reason to panic. Maybe in retrospect I'd prefer Yovani didn't throw 111 pitches in his second start of the season because he hasn't been the same since, but that will work itself out. (Hopefully.) Let's do something that we never do around here and look at the past three days and maybe come to some understanding about how this sweep could happen. Continue reading »
Last night the Brewers fell to the power of the pierogies and lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They had their chances, a few leads went by the wayside and in the ninth inning they had Braun on first with nobody out and Prince Fielder at the plate. What happened? Well, Prince Fielder struck out on a high fastball that everyone in the world saw coming except for him and Braun got caught trying to take third on a steal after Andy Laroche did some sort of "Matrix stuff". And that, as they say, was the ballgame. But what exactly happened out there? Continue reading »
I wrote a post yesterday about how last night's game was going to be the greatest game ever. Now, maybe it wasn't the greatest game ever but for me it was the absolute perfect game to go to. Manny Parra started the day and he was off, walking people and giving up hits. At the end of two innings we were down 3-0. This meant that the team had to come from behind and Manny Parra need to straighten up. Both things happened.
Manny Parra threw the next four scoreless and ended up with 8 strikeouts. Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks combined to hit three home runs to put the team in the lead and then Mike Cameron gave us one more for insurance. My two favorite players and my favorite Fielder all went yard and the team was rocking. It was, to me, the perfect game. Until that is the ninth inning came and it became Trevor Time. Then the game ascended to another level.
Trevor Time is something like I have never experienced before. For those of you who have never been there live for it, I hope that you one day get to do so. Last year, the team was awesome. No doubt about it, but in a close game in the ninth you were worried. You didn't expect to win. Especially with Gagne, less so with Torres but the thought always lingered. How will we blow this one? The thoughts have been there for years from Gagne to Cordero to Turnbow and on and on. This is not the case with Trevor Hoffman. People know that he is going to close the game out and the Brewers will win. It's just expected and that's something that you can't really quantify. It's a pretty awesome time to be a Brewers fan right now.
Trevor Hoffman made his Milwaukee Brewers debut last night in a non-save situation thanks to a 5 run ninth inning. The debut was long awaited and much needed. When I went to the game on the last home stand there were already t-shirts on sale that said TREVOR TIME on them before he ever appeared in his first game. When you add in his bobblehead day it becomes clear that the Milwaukee brass wants the fans to embrace Trevor Hoffman. And why not? He is the closer with the most amount of saves in history. He deserves to be embraced.
I've had my doubts about Trevor Hoffman if only because I'm a baseball ageist and if Todd Coffey, Mitch Stetter and Mark DiFelice have proven anything this season it's that you don't need to spend millions on the bullpen. However after last night, his first appearance of the season, I think I am changing my stance on Trevor Hoffman. I like this guy. He reminds me of George Burns in 18 Again!.
Let's face it this is a young team and we need someone like him around. We need a guy who can tell the players what is what like in the world before democracy free agency. We need a guy who played through World War II AND the '94 strike. What better way to warn our young players about the swine flu than someone who lived through polio? Veteran leadership cannot be discounted and there is really no better man for the job than Trevor Hoffman* to provide that.
As long as you don't blow a lot of saves, I like you Trevor Hoffman. You're a-okay in my book.
(*=Unless, of course the Brewers sign Julio Franco.)